Nor’easter to make NYC a cold, rainy hell this weekend

The remnants of Hurricane Willa will intensify a nor’easter set to slam the Big Apple this weekend — with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and heavy rainfall across the region.

Willa, originally a Category 5 hurricane, rocked west-central Mexico this week before weakening into a tropical storm. Some of the leftover moisture from the storm is expected to make its way from the Deep South into the Northeast, according to AccuWeather.

“Even if there wasn’t the remains of Willa, there would be a strong storm system,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said. “The moisture is helping to contribute to the storm.”

The rain is expected to move in around midnight , with the heaviest rainfall between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Most of the region can expect 1 to 2 inches of rain — though 3 is possible.

“Anybody is fair game for heavy rain,” Kines said. “It’s going to be a chilly rain.”

Temperatures Saturday will be in the 40s and lower 50s, predictions say.

Wind gusts will reach 50 miles per hour around the coasts, and 35 to 40 miles per hour more inland. Coastal areas will be susceptible to flooding.

But New Yorkers won’t have to pull out the snow boots just yet.

“If there’s going to be any snow out of this system, it’s going to be in the high ground throughout the Northeast,” Kines said.

Sunday will be milder, a mixture of sun and clouds, with temps reaching the upper 50s.

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